Do you realize it is important to know when to speak and when to remain silent? Do you realize it is important to use your words wisely? Do you realize the power of your words? Do you realize that words spoken and unspoken have purpose? Did you speak to build up? Did you remain silent? What was the heart reason for speaking up or remaining quiet? Will you use your words to build up? Will you use your words to tear down? Will you use them to build up and heal people? Will you use them to tear down strongholds and attacks of the devil?
Ephesians 4:29 — Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 — Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Romans 14:19 — So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Proverbs 18:21 — Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Matthew 12:36 — I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Hebrews 10:25 — Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Colossians 4:6 — Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Ephesians 4:11-16 — And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, …
1 Corinthians 14:26 — What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
1 Corinthians 10:23 — “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
Luke 6:45 — The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Proverbs 12:18 — There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Psalm 19:14 — Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
James 5:13 — Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
James 1:26 — If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Hebrews 10:24-25 — And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 3:13 — But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 — Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Colossians 3:16 — Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:8 — But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Ephesians 5:4 — Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Ephesians 4:1-32 — I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, …
1 Corinthians 15:33 — Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
1 Corinthians 14:1-40 — Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up. …
1 Corinthians 8:1 — Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
Romans 15:4 — For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:1-11 — We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, …
Acts 20:32 — And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
John 3:16-17 — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Matthew 7:1 — “Judge not, that you be not judged.
Matthew 5:44 — But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matthew 4:3 — And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Zechariah 7:1-14 — In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the Lord, saying to the priests of the house of the Lord of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me: “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? …
Isaiah 3:1-26 — For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. …
Proverbs 31:10 — An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Proverbs 27:17 — Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 25:11 — A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Proverbs 21:23 — Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Proverbs 16:24 — Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 10:19 — When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Psalm 141:3 — Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Ever noticed how as far as we have come some messages still resonate and still seem applicable to the world we live in today?
Ever noticed the impact the words spoken had on the situation and in some cases the world? on the outcome of wars? on suffering? on human rights?
We need to find a way to control our tongue so that we don’t let it lash out and cause collateral damage to the people around us. We need to realize that our words do have power!
Devotional, Proverbs 16:28-33, Proverbs 17:1-4, Acts 28:17-31, 2 Kings 21, 2 Kings 22